Projects of Note

VEuPathDB / VectorBase

Outreach Specialist & PopBio Coordinator

VEuPthDB logoThe Eukaryotic Pathogen, Vector and Host Informatics Resource (VEuPathDB) is one of two Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) funded by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The BRC program was initiated in 2004 to provide public access to computational platforms and analysis tools enabling collection, management, integration and mining of genomic information and other large-scale datasets relevant to infectious disease pathogens including their interaction with mammalian hosts and invertebrate vectors of disease.

VectorBase, is a component site of VEuPathDB.


Primary Investigator

A new 5-year NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure grant, awarded to Leah R. Johnson (Virginia Tech), Sadie J. Ryan (University of Florida), Samuel Rund (University of Notre Dame) in collaboration with Samraat Pawar (Imperial College London), is launched in August 2020.

This new initiative – VectorByte – will establish a global open access data platform to study disease vectors. This 5-year project will not only serve as a hub for biological trait and abundance data for human and non-human disease vectors, but will also provide analysis tools and training to a wide audience of researchers and practitioners.

The main goals of this project are to build a centralized open access data platform called VectorByte, and to provide open access tools to explore and use the data, plus training and workshops, to ensure the initiative reaches a wide breadth of researchers and practitioners.

Visit the VectorByte home page at